|For other aircraft of the same name, see Orca.|
Employing a set of twin articulated jet engines as propulsion in place of the classic rotary wing, the ORCA has incredible maneuverability. These advantages came at the expense of armour, allowing the Orca to withstand only a few missile hits, provided it didn't outrun these missiles first.
The craft is armed with two weapons - a six barrelled, forward mounted gatling gun (equipped with a searchlight) and a pair of Dragon TOW missile launchers on its sides, each containing nine rockets. Some later models had two forward mounted machine guns. Be advice, the gun is somewhat inoperable in game.
It's compact design allows it to fit in small passages such as canyons with ease, as well as be transported and deployed from freight trucks or specially designed resupply and transportation trucks. The fuselage dimensions limit the crew size to only a single pilot, limiting the craft's performance in combat somewhat.
While it had its drawbacks, the design proved so effective during the First Tiberium War, that it served as a basis for GDI's air forces design up to the Third Tiberium War. It was found to be particularly effective against Nod M2 Bradleys and buggies, as they had no anti aircraft capability.
This vehicle appears as a background element in single player. On flying maps in Renegade multiplayer, it is one of the most powerful, universal vehicles on the field. It was added in multiplayer in patch 1.030.
Orcas are effective against all kinds of infantry and vehicles, thanks to their multipurpose loadout. Their speed and low health make it best to use in a hit-and-run. Orcas are great at scouting and securing large areas of the battlefield, as they can quickly pick off any enemy infantry or vehicle that ventures alone.
Orcas are excellent in large numbers to perform a rush. An Orca rush can reach the enemy base quickly and deal a huge amount of damage to buildings in a short time with rockets.
- Initially, there was a special mobile helipad to appear in the game, but it was cut.
- Apache, Nod counterpart